The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Sports

April 12, 2012

Street, Hafer, Steddum, LIons 1972 football team added to sports hall of fame

Bill Street, Jeff Hafer, Tongula Givens Steddum and Missouri Southern’s 1972 national championship football team comprise the 2012 class for induction into the Joplin Area Sports Hall of Fame.

The induction banquet will be held at 7 p.m. on May 11 at Granny Shaffer’s on Range Line Road. Tickets are $15 apiece, and reservations can be made by contacting the Joplin Sports Authority, 417-625-1006.

The JSA Hall of Fame Golf Tournament will be held at 8 a.m. on May 12 at the Schifferdecker Municipal Golf Course.

The Joplin Area Sports Hall of Fame, established in 2001 to honor local individuals and teams for their contributions to athletics, is located inside the Joplin Museum Complex inside Schifferdecker Park.

Street was a standout late model stock car driver who won season points championships at seven tracks during his career. He is a member of the Ozark Area Racers Association Hall of Fame.

Hafer, a 1996 Joplin High School graduate, earned all-state honors his senior year with the Eagles and went on to play four seasons for the Missouri Tigers — three years under Norm Stewart and one under Quin Snyder. He was named to the Big 12 Conference all-freshman team in 1997.

Steddum was a 14-time All-American in track and field and was a two-time qualifier for the United States Olympic Trials. She still holds MSSU records in the triple jump and long jump both indoors and outdoors.

Missouri Southern won the NAIA Division II national championship 40 years ago with a 21-14 victory over Northwestern (Iowa) at Junge Field. Coached by Jim Frazier, the Lions became the first four-year school in Missouri to win a national title in football.

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